I am currently planning on moving to a nearby city later this year from where i currently live. I decided to just get an apartment/condo, as I have looked at a few and really liked them and they were luckily on the bottom floor as I dont want to be above anyone and hear complaints about bass. I should mention I am also no audio file, so while im not ignorant to good sound, it will mainly be used for moves and a bit for music.
My current setup is modest, I have athena As-F2 front speakers, an athena center speaker and two pairs of athena As B2 bookshelf speakers for a 7.1 system. I have a velodyne sub which I am happy with and living in an apartment unless I am mistaken i probably shouldnt be looking to upgrade my sub, even on the bottom floor.
Now my reasoning might be wrong, but I would like to switch to an all bookshelf system as I dont really want large speakers in a smaller space and transport will be rough.
But I am also wondering if budget bookshelf speakers could provide better sound then my older athena's, or if the athenas would still provide better sound even in a smaller space? I guess thats my first question.
And if the answer is yes and I should switch to bookshelf, minus the sub (which i am happy with yet) i was looking at 7 surround sound speakers.
My idea was to look at polk monitor 40's for the front, the polk CS10 for the center and then just some monitor 30's for the surround sides and back since they are nice and small. I really dont want to spend much more then 700 as i have needs for my money elsewhere at the moment, and can think about upgrading later.
Would like any insight or opinions on this. What approach would other people take? Will this be an upgrade or downgrade? Is this configuration and speaker selection ok? And is it a good idea in a smaller space to go with these bookshelf speakers or stick with what i have?
Thank you in advance.